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Capitalists Who Fear Change

value Re:There is a fundamental error (297 comments)

Private ownership must be the critical part. Perhaps the entire capitalism can be derived from just private ownership. "Means of production" seems almost superficial.

more than 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

value Re:Corporate tax... not sure. (626 comments)

It paid for the education of Rovio founders and employees. Education in Finland is free up to and including university level.

Oh well, the country doesn't fall from a few leeches showing their true colours.

The purpose of tax is to provide "free" services?

Why do people become "leeches" for using this "free" service without paying anything back? Is the service not really "free"?

Or is the problem that someone else pays for this "free" service? Aren't the taxes supposed to work like that?

more than 2 years ago
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UN To Debate Taxing Internet Data

value Re:My God (284 comments)

Why not tax

That is already too far.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Hits 7GHz Overclock Record

value 7 GHz boot (144 comments)

7 GHz processor speed and it still takes 10 seconds to load Windows. . .

more than 2 years ago
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Diablo III Released

value Re:Hate to put a damper on the celebration (594 comments)

though why our goverment allow and support rendition, I cannot fathom

File-sharing for slaves, slave-sharing for politicians...

more than 2 years ago
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Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117

value Re:Not the last chance in our lifetime (143 comments)

There are a lot of possibilities once LEO can be reached reliably. I think SpaceX has a good chance to do it.

Once LEO access is cheap enough, someone could build a nuclear powered space-only vehicle, that would never land on Earth and would stay in space all the time (to make the environmentalists happy).
At first it could be powered with RTG-s (the tech already exists today). Later it could be upgraded to use actual nuke reactors.
Something like that could escape the Earth's gravity very easily.

more than 2 years ago
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Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling

value Re:The Republican 9 Step Global Warming Denial Pla (963 comments)

Politicians look at it and say ... "Those climate change kooks are trying to kill our economy!"

Politicians don't own the economy, it's not theirs.

Also technology tends to advance and prices tend to go down. What costs 50 trillion today may cost only 1 billion tomorrow. It's better to wait.

more than 2 years ago
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Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117

value Not the last chance in our lifetime (143 comments)

This may be the last chance to see it from Earth in the next 100 years, but Venus transits can be seen all the time from an orbit around the Sun. With the development of space travel in the near future, it is very likely that many people will get another chance to see a Venus transit from space, within their lifetime.

I can imagine space tourism companies offering "Venus Transit" tours in the not so distant future. (Maybe 10 - 15 years?)

more than 2 years ago
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$60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day

value Re:Good for some... (743 comments)

Incandescent bulbs give sharp shadows and they have a superior light spectrum.

They also cost 1% of the price of this new light bulb, and are not poisonous.

I don't care if 99% of the power they consume is turned into heat. I will pay happily for it.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions

value Thanks for the diagram (244 comments)

Thanks for the diagram with the project completion estimates. It creates a nice context for the "20 years away" predictions. The level of detail in the answers is great too.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

value Re:Simple math (816 comments)

Digging underground, going into space, colonizing the oceans. There is plenty of room for expansion.

more than 2 years ago
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Elon Musk: Future Round-Trip To Mars Could Cost Under $500,000

value Re:one word (238 comments)

The ISS has cost about $150 billion.

Letting private companies use it as a transfer station for their own flights, might bring up questions of ownership. The ISS is essentially owned by politicians. That's a very uncomfortable situation for any private company, if they want to rely on it for their own missions.

Maybe it would be cheaper and easier for private companies to launch and maintain their own simple orbiting stations for a few $million, than to have to deal with the politics of the ISS.

more than 2 years ago
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Nomad Planets: Stepping Stones To Interstellar Space?

value Re:How could you use these to refuel? (244 comments)

We can see Proxima Centauri from here, so there is not enough junk there to block the light. That means it's mostly empty space.

more than 2 years ago
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'Of Course We Are In a Post-PC World,' Says Ray Ozzie

value Re:You can have my PC (399 comments)

When only nerds have PC-s, it will become much easier to ban them (because PCs can run "unapproved" code, or some other excuse). Only large companies with government licenses will be allowed to operate general purpose PCs.

The tablet owning grannies will not oppose that of course. Why would they care.

more than 2 years ago
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UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money

value Re:Highway lights??? (348 comments)

You want to save electricity? Ban clothes dryers, electric heaters, dishwashers and electric kettles. At least you'd cost less lives than this insanity.

And let's ban the internet. All those computers use so much electricity.

more than 2 years ago
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Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results

value Re:Face it (414 comments)

Here is how: you scan a person at atomic resolution. Then you send a *description* of their body, atom for atom via powerful laser. At the destination, a nanotech assembler builds a copy atom for atom.

That's kind of like writing a program bit by bit, and in machine language...

Maybe more efficient methods for writing that program could be invented.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

value Re:Stay Classy Microsoft (304 comments)

Not so sure about the gmail thing, though I don't appreciate being scanned, which is why I don't use it.

Such freedom could do wonders in politics.

more than 2 years ago
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Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

value Re:4% of the internet? (1005 comments)

Ah, the figure refers to traffic and number of unique visitors per day. It was in the article, I just skimmed over it... (I thought those diagrams were ads)

more than 2 years ago

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